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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston, MA
617-223-8666
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Ranked #17 of 208 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Islands
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil... more » Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim. « less
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New Jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Visited George's Island via Boston Harbor Cruises on a very hot afternoon. It's a NAtional Park and a State Park as well, and a hidden gem. The trip started inauspiciously, standing on the boarding line in the brutal sun for what seemed an eternity. But the ferry trip was well narrated, cool wind helped and the views were beautiful. The... More

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Smithtown, New York
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16 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It was s a 90 minute tour of the Boston Harbor . The view was breathtaking and the tour guide is very informative. Highly recommended!

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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Visited George's island on a busy Friday in July - on the ferry from long wharf. Several kids camp groups made the boats and many parts of the fort crowded and noisy. In fact, park employees let the groups first aboard the boats leaving many who waited in line, waiting for the next boat. Line up early! Mostly unrestored, and... More

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Foxboro, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We took the boat trip from Hingham to Georges Island, which has fort on it. The trip was $15 round trip per person. We took a picnic lunch with us but they had a place that you could buy your lunch from on the island. On the return boat we jumped on took us in to Boston by Columbus park... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The boats out go from a couple of places around Boston. We sailed from North Wharf, near the Aquarium. The trip out to St George's Island took about 45 minutes. We'd read the websites and assumed that there was lots to do. It was much smaller than expected, and had we known. we'd have planned more time so we could've... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

15 dollars per adult or 10 dollars with discount (from hotels, or with purchase of another trip.) Islands are beautiful. Go to St Georges and explore an old fort, then spectacle Island is nice and you can hike to the top of the monds. (easy). Nice beaches we did not try them as it was a cool and damp day.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

For a very $15 per adult, you can get to several of the Boston Harbor Islands in one day by ferry. These islands have been preserved, restored, made safe, and are interesting places! The whole system is now a state treasure, cared for by the City of Boston and the Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) in a very effective partnership.... More

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Lake Tahoe, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

See a historical old fort and learn about history. It was fun to see the Boston skyline on the ferry ride also.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The harbor was fantastic, but definitely go on the whale watching tour! The boat ride was worth it all by itself!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The guide was great at giving historical facts about the area as we traveled to Spectacle Island. It was a fun beach to tan and search for beautiful shells and sea glass. (Though you cannot take them home with you)

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